4 March 2014: 100 students from five local schools in Malvern enjoyed a day at QinetiQ last week, helping to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists.
Competition winners from The Chase school, Malvern
Pupils from Hanley Castle, The Chase, John Masefield, Dyson Perrins and Nunnery Wood schools took part in a number of IT and Cyber related activities as QinetiQ looks to support local schools in encouraging young students to select STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, and future careers in these areas.
The year 8 pupils enjoyed a range of unique activities, including an introduction to cyber security, working in teams to build and programme robots to complete an obstacle course, a human behaviour and simulation challenge and a demonstration of QinetiQ technologies and robots. The pupils also took part in a ‘Raspberry Pi’ challenge, where they unravelled codes and fine-tuned parameters to get an astronaut through space station airlocks in the fastest time.
Ian Beresford, Engineering Director at QinetiQ, who opened the day’s events in Malvern, said: “We hope that the schools thoroughly enjoyed their time with us at QinetiQ. As founding members of The 5% Club, an industry-led campaign designed at raising the levels of apprentices and graduates across UK industry, we believe holding events like this can really help to show young people how exciting it can be to work in STEM related areas, and at companies like QinetiQ. We hope we can continue to inspire the next generation to be the future ‘people who know how’ and look forward to continuing to work with local schools on similar activities in the future.”
QinetiQ employs more than 10,000 people worldwide, with experts in defence, aerospace, scientists and engineers solving some of the world’s most important problems. QinetiQ has an established apprenticeship scheme and graduate opportunities, with many going on to become senior technical experts, leading or advising on ground-breaking projects in air, land and maritime.
To find out more about The 5% Club please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk
Notes for Editors:
The 5% Club is a campaign to get the UK’s public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within the next five years. The aim of the campaign is to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain and help the country remain at the forefront of innovation. It also asks member to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.
A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
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